Board of trustees
Meet OFE's esteemed board of trustees. They oversee everything we do as a registered charity to ensure our artistic and charitable standards are the best they can be.
Ben is Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow in Classics at the University of Liverpool. He studied for a BA in Classics at Oxford, an MA in Indo-European linguistics at Cologne, and a DPhil in Linguistics at Oxford. He specialises in ancient Greek comedy and in Greek literature from the Roman Empire. A keen amateur violinist, Ben has been leader of the Oxford University Philharmonia, the Orchestra of the Collegium Musicum in the University of Cologne, the Hertford Bruckner Orchestra, and the St Peter’s College Chamber Orchestra.
Miranda has loved music and nature from a young age, so is thrilled to be part of OFE’s team. Shocked by the twin climate and biodiversity crises we are facing, she believes OFE has real potential to inspire widespread awareness and change. Miranda brings experience working in a major performance venue, fundraising skills, and a background in environmental communications to the role. Before joining the Board she enjoyed performing regularly with OFE as a percussionist.
Alycia graduated with a BA in Music from St Hilda’s College Oxford in 2017, and now works in Human Resources. Her academic focus at university was exploring the relationship between music and Autism and the role of music in the prison system. She has performed regularly as a violinist with Orchestra for the Earth, and is honoured to be a member of the Board of Trustees. In her spare time, she plays cricket and sings in choirs across London.
Ben is a Senior Associate at J.P. Morgan covering Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning projects as a PM. He read Music at Oxford University graduating in June 2016. His undergraduate thesis examined the intersection of music, theology and politics in Tudor England, in relation to the Book of Common Prayer Noted by John Merbecke. As a keen cellist, Ben led the cello sections of the Oxford University Philharmonia and the Oxford Millennium Orchestra, the latter of which he was President from 2015–2016.
Ben is Managing Partner of Camberwell Energy. He has more than 15 years professional experience working at the frontier of the low-carbon transition in roles across business, government and finance. He also has volunteer experience with musical groups, as Chair of the Board of Trustees of Ensemble Plus Ultra from 2016-20 (and Trustee for four years prior) and as Development Adviser to No Borders Orchestra from 2014-19. He is excited by Orchestra for the Earth’s mission and is delighted to be part of the team.
Phoebe graduated in 2017 with a BA in Music from Oxford, where she performed frequently as a clarinettist with OFE musicians. In 2017–2018 Phoebe studied for a masters in Musicology in at the University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, focusing on cultural studies and its political intersection. Now working in the political field, she hopes to continue to champion the arts. Bringing its access to all sectors of society and encouraging its use to draw attention to and highlight issues that affect us all is something she is thrilled to be able to do as a trustee of OFE.
Thea read a Masters in Earth Sciences at Oxford University, specialising in palaeomag-netism and climate. She has worked in science communication in the UK and abroad, including with the Natural History Museum, Berlin Science Week, and the Science Museum. She is now on the Royal Society’s Industry Programme team, which promotes discussion around cutting-edge science and technology between academia, industry, and government. She is also a STEM Ambassador and aspires to convey the importance and relevance of the sciences to everyone’s lives.
Photograph of Ben Cartlidge © 2018 Zak Thomas-Johnson; photograph of Miranda Davies © 2018 John Warner; photograph of Ben Kimberley © 2018 Ben Kimberley; photograph of Thea Waxman © 2018 BigTImages.